Premier League predictions: Lawro v Maccabees guitarist Felix White

BBC Sport expert Mark Lawrenson

BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson is pitting his wits against a different guest each week this season.

Lawro's opponent for the midweek Premier League games is Felix White, guitarist in indie-rock band The Maccabees.

Felix is a Fulham fan who was taken to Craven Cottage for the first time when he was 11.

He told BBC Sport: "I don't remember much about the game, but I remember thinking I will probably do this for the rest of my life."

Felix White of the Maccabees
White says his Fulham heroes are "Matt Lawrence, Simon Morgan, Zoltan Gera, Bobby Zamora and Kit Symons - I've got a lot"

Fulham are currently 19th in the Championship but White has fond memories of better days, including their recent forays into Europe.

He added: "If they were there, I imagine any Fulham fan would tell you beating Juventus 4-1 in the Europa League in 2010 was the most magical thing Craven Cottage has ever seen.

"Especially because the week before, we had been beaten 3-1 by them in the first leg in Italy and then we went 1-0 down in the first five minutes of the second leg.

"So we had to score four against Juve, and we did it - I still don't think a bigger fairy-tale than that has happened in football and Clint Dempsey's chipped goal for us in that game is still etched in my brain.

"With what we are going through now in the Championship, I have got to hold on to those moments."

Premier League predictions - week 24
Arsenal v Southampton0-02-01-1
Leicester v Liverpool2-01-13-1
Norwich v Tottenham0-32-10-1
Sunderland v Man City0-10-20-3
West Ham v Aston Villa2-02-00-1
Crystal Palace v Bournemouth1-22-02-2
Man Utd v Stoke3-02-00-1
West Brom v Swansea1-12-11-0
Everton v Newcastle3-02-12-1
Watford v Chelsea0-00-22-0

Our scoring system has changed this season and a correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is now worth 10 points. The exact score earns 40 points.

On FA Cup fourth-round weekend, Lawro got 11 correct results from 16 ties, including three perfect scores.

His score of 200 points saw him beat indie-rock band The Libertines, who picked six correct results with no perfect scores for a total of 60 points.

The scores from those FA Cup ties do not count towards the totals for Lawro and his guests (below).

Make your own predictions now, compare them to Lawro and other fans and try to take your team to the top of the leaderboard by playing the BBC Sport Predictor game.

Total scores after week 23


All kick-offs 19:45 GMT unless otherwise stated


Arsenal 0-0 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0.

Felix's prediction: For the sake of the title race, I am going to say Southampton will nick a draw. 1-1.

Read the match report.

Leicester 2-0 Liverpool

Lawro's prediction: 1-1.

Felix's prediction: Any football fan with a heart wants Leicester to win the league this year and I am absolutely behind that. 3-1.

Read the match report.

Norwich 0-3 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 2-1.

Felix's prediction: Everyone likes the football that Spurs are playing at the moment and I like the manager a lot too. 0-1.

Read the match report.

Sunderland 0-1 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 0-2.

Felix's prediction: City to win at a canter. 0-3.

Read the match report.

West Ham 2-0 Aston Villa

Lawro's prediction: 2-0.

Felix's prediction: Villa's results have been getting better recently and I think they will get something here. 0-1.

Read the match report.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Bournemouth

Lawro's prediction: 2-0.

Felix's prediction: This should be a good game, with lots of defensive mistakes and lots of attacking intent. 2-2.

Read the match report.

Man Utd 3-0 Stoke

Lawro's prediction: 2-0.

Felix's prediction: Like most people I am enjoying seeing United getting beaten quite a lot this season and I like the idea of Mark Hughes going back to Old Trafford and winning. 0-1.

Read the match report.

West Brom 1-1 Swansea

Lawro's prediction: 2-1.

Felix's prediction: I don't think Swansea should have sacked Garry Monk 1-0.

Read the match report.


Everton v Newcastle

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is under a bit of pressure because of their league form, especially at home - they have not won at Goodison Park in the Premier League since 21 November.

I think the Toffees will put that right on Wednesday, though.

Newcastle went for it in the transfer window because they were buying to stay in the league but their new signings will take time to settle in.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1.

Felix's prediction: I love Roberto Martinez so I'm going for Everton here. 2-1.

Watford v Chelsea

Chelsea drew with Watford in Guus Hiddink's first game in charge but the Blues look like a different team now.

Players like Eden Hazard have come back into form and seem to have the spring back in their step - I can see them going on a really good run and John Terry is bound to be a part of that.

John Terry's Chelsea fact file

Following his announcement that he is going to leave Chelsea in the summer, and with the uncertainty over whether he might actually stay, you just know that he is going to be very impressive from now until the end of the season.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2.

Felix's prediction: It is nailed on that Watford will win this one. I am not a Fulham fan who takes real joy in seeing Chelsea lose because I have got a lot of mates who support them, but I think it has been good for the league. 2-0.

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

Lawro v Guests
110Sam Tomkins, SAM Super Computer
100Wealdstone Raider
90Ice Cube & Kevin Hart, Amir Khan
70Osi Umenyiora, Guy Mowbray
69Lawro (average after 23 weeks)
60Stuart Broad, Tim Burgess
50Mark Radcliffe, Jack Whitehall
40Neville, Mumford & Sons, Michael B Jordan & Tony Bellew
30Darren Campbell, Luol Deng, Mark Webber, Steve Wilson
20Graeme Swann
10Elis James, Paul Heaton, Kelly Jones

Lawro's best score: 160 points (week 19 v Guy Mowbray)

Lawro's worst score: 20 points (week one v Graeme Swann & week 23 v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart)

BBC Sport expert Mark Lawrenson
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